New Curriculum Updates for SEM

SonLight Education Ministry (SEM)  has released several new items this week that are ready for free download.

For those who are not aware, SonLight Education Ministry is a sister ministry to Adventist Home Educator.  SEM offers free .pdf downloads of True Education curriculum/materials on a well-organized Google Drive page.  SEM Google Drive

Take a moment to visit the updated Released Materials page at the SEM website.

Want to Learn More about SonLight Education Ministry?

 

 

 

SonLight Education Ministry sent out a newsletter today.  Did it pique your interest?  Are you curious to learn more about these free-to-download Christian homeschooling curriculum?  Curious on how to get started?

These SonLight Education Ministry website will give you the information you need to get started.  Start first with the FAQ section to learn about the available curriculum materials. The  website also has the links to the Google Drive with the free currently released curriculum downloads.   Contact information for guidance in implementing the curriculum in your home is also on the website.

There are several social media resources available for those using the SonLight Education Ministry materials.     There is a SonLight Education Ministry Facebook PAGE to keep you updated on curriculum releases and other relevant news.  There is also an active  SonLight Education Ministry Facebook GROUP that will connect you with parents from around the world who are currently using the curriculum materials.

 

 

Lunch and Learn Q&A – Tomorrow @ Noon EST

Need help getting started with Sonlight Education Ministry materials?  Join Sonlight counselor Yolanda on Periscope for a Lunch and Learn  Q&A – Friday, December 9th at 12:00 noon Eastern Time.   The focus for this lunch and learn will be on the Road Map and Route– have your questions ready!  If you are not able to participate in tomorrow’s lunch and learn, you may leave a question for Yolanda on the Sonlight Education Ministry Facebook page and watch the replay at your convenience.

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You can find Yolanda’s Periscope page HERE as well as download the app to able to participate.

Link to the Road Map and Route

Another lunch and learn Periscope session is scheduled for December 30th.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

 

SonLight Education Downloads Update

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We have an update.  Lesson 10 of the 2-8 Grade Lessons has been scanned and uploaded to the Google Drive.  This is a scan of the masters; it has not been revised.  I added folders in the 2-8 Grade Lessons that say “Unrevised – Scanned Older Books”.  This is the folder in which you will now find Lessons 9 and 10.  They are in the subject folders.  We hope this is not too confusing for you.  Click for the link to the Google Drive.

Please let us know if you have trouble finding the materials.  Happy Teaching!

 

SonLight Education Ministry Update

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We have completed scans of Lesson 9 of the 2-8 Grade Lessons.

They are available on the Google Drive at this time.  You will find them by clicking the link and then looking for the folder for 2-8 Grade Lessons.  Each subject should now have 9 lessons.

Feel free to share with those who would like to know!

 

Ten Principles of True Education-Lesson X

The Higher Course

Continuing Education

Read:

Luke 24:50-53

Acts 1:9-12

The Desire of Ages 829-835

In this final lesson we will be discussing God’s design for higher education including high school and beyond. “Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children. Godliness-godlikeness-is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain, that includes everything good, and pure, and noble. He will advance as fast and as far as possible in every branch of true knowledge. But his efforts will be directed to objects as much higher than mere selfish and temporal interests as the heavens are higher than the earth.” (Education 18-19)

The true higher education is what makes students acquainted with God and His word, and fits them for eternal life. It was to place this life within their reach that Christ gave Himself an offering for sin. His purpose of love and mercy is expressed in His prayer for His disciples. “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, who thou hast sent.” Every instructor of youth is to work in harmony with this prayer, leading the students to Christ.

In true education learning never stops. “In the school of Christ students never graduate” As long as we live on this earth we are to continue learning of Christ and His ways and our learning will continue on throughout eternity.

As we consider choices for higher education we are counseled to stay away from schools that:

  1. Indulge the Appetite
  2. Encourage selfish gratification of the senses
  3. Encourage pride
  4. Encourage selfish ambition
  5. Encourage love of dress and display
  6. Encourage love of praise and flattery
  7. Encourage strife for high rewards and honors as a recompense for good scholarship

A few points to reflect upon

  1. “We must maintain a position against every species of sophistry that bewilders in this degenerate age, when error is glossed over, and so mingled with truth that it is almost impossible for those who are not familiar with the distinctions that the Scriptures make between the traditions of men and the word of God, to distinguish truth from error.”
  2. “We are not to elevate our standard just a little above the world’s standard; but we are to make the line of demarcation decidedly apparent.”
  3. “We are under solemn, sacred covenant to God to bring up our children, not for the world, not put their hands into the hands of the world, but to love and fear God, and to keep commandments.”
  4. “When those who have reached the years of youth and manhood see no difference between our schools and the colleges of the world, and have no preference as to which they attend, though error is taught by precept and example in the schools of the world, then there is need of closely examining the reasons that lead to such a conclusion.”

A few questions to consider when deciding between Worldly Colleges, Christian Colleges or Apprenticeship:

  1. Does the program I want to follow embrace God’s guidelines?
  2. Does the school I wish to attend teach and practice God’s principles of true education?
  3. As a young person do I really understand my character?
  4. Have I walked in all the light God has given me? OR do I bend principles to suit my desires?

“Teachers should work circumspectly. Those who are often with God in prayer, have holy angles by their side. The atmosphere that surrounds their sould is pure and holy; for their whole soul is imbued with the sanctifiying influence of the Spirit of God. They should be learners of every day in the school of Christ that they may be teachers under the Great Teacher. They must learn of Christ, and become one with Him in the work of training minds, before they can be efficient teachers in the higher education the knowledge of God.”

“The true higher education is what makes students acquainted with God and His word, and fits them for eternal life. It was to place this life within their reach that Christ gave Himself an offering for sin. His purpose of love and mercy is expressed in His prayer for His disciples. ‘These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy   Son also may glorify thee: as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.’ Every instructor of youth is to work in harmony with this prayer, leading the students to Christ.

Ten Principles of Education-Lesson IX

Academics from the Bible

“Health, Mathematics, Music, Nature, History/Geography/Prophecy, Language, and Voice”

Reading Assignment:

 Luke 8:4-15

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Mark 4:1-9, 13-20

Christ’s Object Lessons 33-75

Education 104-112

 

The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes, were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables…” (Matthew 1-3)

Our lesson begins with the parable of the sower and the seed. Jesus is dealing with a group of listeners who had longed for the Messiah and were eagerly waiting for His appearance. “Christ’s mission was not understood by the people of His time. The manner of His coming was not in accordance with their expectations. The Lord Jesus was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy. Its imposing services were of divine appointment. They were designed to teach the people that at the time appointed One would come to whom those ceremonies pointed. But the Jews had exalted the forms and ceremonies and had lost sight of their object.”

“The gospel of Christ was a stumbling block to them because they demanded signs instead of a Saviour. They expected the Messiah to prove His claims by mighty deeds of conquest, to establish His empire on the ruins of earthly kingdoms. This expectation Christ answered in the parable of the sower. Not by force of arms, not by violent interpositions, was the kingdom of God to prevail, but by the implanting of a new principle in the hearts of men.” (COL 34-35)

Just as the Jews lost sight of the true mission and purpose of Christ so today true education has been lost sight of having the ideas of men exalted above the principles of God. “The true purpose of education is buried deep in the rubbish of degrees, accreditation, registration, testing, etc.

Let us look more closely at the parable of the sower of the seed and how Christ used it to teach valuable principles of education.

“The teachers of Israel were not sowing the seed of the word of God. Christ’s work as a teacher of truth was in marked contrast to that of the rabbis of His time.”

The teachers lifted human thought and tradition above the word of God and as a result, their teaching did not have any power to convert the soul. On the other hand, when dealing with those who sought truth as well as enemies, Christ used the scriptures often asking “What saith the Scriptures” “How readest thou?”

The teachers work is to plant seeds”

The seed is the word of God. The seed consists of three basic parts, the seed coat, storage tissue and the embryo. The seed coat is like the Holy Spirit in the sense that is “protects the seed and helps it develop in the right place at the right time.” The storage tissue is like all of the truths in the Bible. The embryo is like the character growing from the seed which is the Word of God.

As God sows seeds of truth, Satan sows seeds of error. The seeds that Satan sows are known as false education. This principle is important because “Every seed brings forth fruit after its kind. Sow the seed under right conditions, and it will develop its own life in the plant. Receive into the soul by faith the incorruptible seed of the word, and it will bring forth a character and a life after the similitude of the character and the life of God. (COL 38)

For this reason, in our home schools, the Word of God should be the central focus. When we sow to the Spirit, we will reap to the Spirit. “The work of every teacher should be to fasten the mind of the youth upon the grand truths of the word of Inspiration. This is the education essential for this life and for the life to come.”

“The education to be secured by searching the Scriptures is an experimental knowledge of the plan of salvation. Such an education will restore the image of God in the soul. It will strengthen and fortify the mind against temptation, and fit the learner to become a co-worker with Christ in His mission of mercy to the world. It will make him a member of the heavenly family, and prepare him to share the inheritance of the saints in light.” (COL 43)

“The garden of the heart must be cultivated. The soil must be broken up by deep repentance for sin. Poisonous, Satanic plants must be uprooted. The soil once overgrown by thorns can be reclaimed only by diligent labor. So the evil tendencies of the natural heart can be overgrown only by earnest effort in the name and strength of Jesus. The Lord bids us by His prophet, ‘Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.’ Sow to yourselves in righteousness; reap in mercy’ (Jeremiah 4:3; Hosea 10:12)

Remember Christ is the Sower, Christ is the Seed, Christ prepares the soil. Christ is the Sun. Christ sends the showers. Christ helps mature the leaves and stems. Christ will harvest the fruit or sons of God.